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Amundson, Gary E. - Montgomery  
Amundson, Gary E. 69, of Montgomery, passed away on November 20, 2014 surrounded by his family. He was born on January 27, 1945 in Rice Lake, Wisconsin the son of Ernest and Erma Amundson. He was proud of his roots in Wisconsin and the family spent much of their time traveling back to see family and friends. He always remained a diehard Greenbay Packers Fan. Gary was employed with Caterpillar for 45 years before retiring in 2009. He was a loyal member of UAW Local 145. He was always willing to lend a helping hand and above all things in life he enjoyed his family the most. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Susan; his daughter, Sherry Amundson; grandchildren, Christopher (Amber Johnston) Amundson and Amber Amundson; great-grandchildren, Caleb, Ethan, Corbin and Abigail; foster daughter, Michelle Smith; and siblings, Donna Crawford, Ervin (Sharon) Amundson and Ron (Stevie) Amundson. He was preceded in death by his father, Ernest Amundson; his mother and stepfather, Erma and Lloyd Peterson; and a son, Anthony, in infancy. All services are private and a burial will take place at Pine Grove Cemetery in Cameron, Wisconsin at a later date. Dieterle Memorial Home 630-897-1196 www.dieterlememorialhome.com .
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Published in Beacon News on Nov. 23, 2014
Anderson, Betty "Jean" - Somonauk  
Anderson, Betty "Jean" 91, of Plano, passed away Monday, November 17, 2014 at The Tiller's Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Oswego. She was born December 4, 1922 in Sandwich, the daughter of George and Carrie (Ernst) Sampson. She married Andrew Vernon Anderson in April of 1945 in Plano, IL. Jean was a member of First Lutheran Church of Plano for over 70 years. She was also a member of the quilters group at the church. Jean retired from AT&T. She enjoyed quilting, socializing with family and friends. Jean also enjoyed spending time at the family cabin in Beaver Dam, WI. She is survived by three daughters, Carol (Tom) Lee of Indianapolis, IN, Kathy (Jack) Koteles of Yorkville, IL and Connie (Don) Baker of Sandwich, IL; one son, Bill (Jayne) Anderson of Plain City, OH; ten grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; two sisters, Maxine Hari of St. Charles, IL and Helen Steinkamp of Tennessee. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one daughter, Terry Kuehlem; two sons, Doug and Steve Anderson; one granddaughter, Kristy Smith; and one brother, Don Sampson. Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at First Lutheran Church in Plano with Pastor Bruce Booher officiating. Burial will follow at Little Rock Township Cemetery in Plano. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at the church. Memorials may be directed to the First Lutheran Church of Plano. For more information or to sign the online guest book, go to www.EighnerFuneralHomes.com Turner-Eighner Funeral Home 3952 Turner Ave. Plano, IL 60545 630-552-3022
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Published in Beacon News on Nov. 20, 2014
Burnett, James Paul - North Aurora  
Burnett, James Paul Age 64, of North Aurora, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at Presence Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora. He was born October 6, 1950 in Monticello, Arkansas, the son of James E. and Beatrice M. (nee Piper) Burnett. He was united in marriage to Phyllis Anne Jones on May 18, 1973 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Batavia. Paul served his country in the United States Army as Sergeant and served two tours in the Vietnam War. He had many hobbies including fishing, hunting, gardening, and watching sports. His greatest enjoyment came from time spent with his dear grandchildren. He is survived by his beloved wife, Phyllis of North Aurora; his son, Thomas (Robin) Burnett of Montgomery; his grandchildren, Clayton and Jocelyn; brothers, John (Deanne) Burnett of Cabot, Arkansas and David (Jimmi Sue) Burnett of Drasco, Arkansas; and two sisters, Lorna Burnett Tapley of Drasco, Arkansas, Anne (Paul) Leoanard of Harrison, Arkansas; and many aunts and uncles and nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Paul was preceded in death by his sister, Janet Huff. Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at Moss Family Funeral Home, 209 S. Batavia Ave. (Rt. 31) in Batavia. A memorial service will follow the visitation at 4:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be private. For additional information, please contact the Moss Family Funeral Home in Batavia at 630-879-7900 or www.mossfuneral.com .
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Published in Beacon News on Nov. 25, 2014
Cain, Stanley Vernon "Joe" - Ottawa  
Cain, Stanley Vernon "Joe" 87, of Rutland Township, formerly of Hinckley, IL, lost his battle with cancer on November 18, 2014, at Heritage Health nursing home in Mendota. Visitation will begin at 4:30 p.m. Monday, November 24, with a memorial service at 6:30 p.m. at Burkhart-Eighner Funeral Home in Sandwich, 606 E. Arnold Road. Military rites will follow at noon on Tuesday, November 25, with burial of ashes in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery near Elwood, IL. Donations in his name may be made to the Edward Hines Jr. Hospital Fisher House Foundation, 111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420, Rockville, MD. Stan was a World War II Navy veteran, serving from 1944 to 1946. He was a Seaman First Class on the USS LST 818 and was coxswain for the LST's LCVP or Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel boat. LST 818 fought in the battle of Okinawa, hauling ammo, and earned a "Battle Star" for shooting down a kamikaze plane. Stan was born February 18, 1927, in a farmhouse near Somonauk, IL, the son of Isaac Scott Cain and Helen Viola (Davis) Cain. He married his childhood sweetheart, Helen Mae Foster, on September 18, 1947, in Chicago. He is survived by his wife and two children, Lonny J. (Cindy) Cain and Cathy A. Jones, both of Ottawa. Also surviving are two brothers, Robert S. (Kathy) Cain, of Sycamore, and Daniel G. (Ruth) Cain, of Maple Park; and one sister, LuElla M. Fallier, of Arkansas City, KS. Surviving grandchildren are Gregory (Bonnie) Jones, of Wake Forest, NC, Sarah (Jeff) Rodgers, of Plainfield, Trevor B. Cain, of Denver, CO, Scott H. Cain, of New York, and Tyler J. Cain, of Ottawa; great-grandchildren, Andrea Law, Alex Law, and Ashley Rodgers, all of Plainfield, and Zachary Jones, of Wake Forest, NC; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Velma B. Stevens; and two brothers, Charles E. and Ivan P. Cain. After the Navy, Stan worked many years as a farmhand and other odd jobs. Most of his career he worked at Certified Industrial Technologies in Aurora, where he was well-respected for his engineering and design skills. He continued to do special projects for the company after retirement. He loved designing and working with metal fabrication and was proud to call himself a welder. During his retirement years he continued with his passion for painting, drawing and woodcarving. He was an avid reader and also wrote three books, two self-published, and was working on a fourth. "Not bad for a guy with an eighth-grade education," he would say about all he had accomplished. Stan truly loved to fish, especially with family. For many years the simple jon boat he rebuilt and enhanced was a familiar and unique sight over his favorite crappie hole at Shabbona Lake State Park. He embraced the importance of family and the love it creates, which is then shared through friendship. He enjoyed striking up conversations with strangers. As one friend put it, "He had a gift for making everyone feel special." The time spent during his final days with family and friends made him smile. He marked these days - and all days - spent with loved ones with a simple proclamation, "Today was a good day." Stan was loved for his wit and sense of humor, his pots of chili and outdoor grilling, and his willingness to repair what's broken or invent what's needed. He leaves behind a treasure of inventions, designs, tools, philosophy and creative genius - and a welding machine. He passed as he wanted, on his own - a final, relaxing exhale, going to the God he met at age 9 while reading the Bible under a hallway light outside a room he shared with other young men put into the Glenwood Manual Training School where he lived for seven years before running away and joining the Navy at 17. Until he could no longer talk, he apologized for causing a fuss. He said he was ready for the "silver cord" to be severed. He asked those around him to take care of each other and assured everyone that his last day would turn into a "good day."
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Published in Beacon News on Nov. 23, 2014
Cowherd, Roderick - Englewood  
Cowherd, Roderick 65, of Aurora, CO, passed away at his residence surrounded by his family on November 17, 2014. He was born on February 18, 1949, in Aurora, IL to Henry and Carolyn Cowherd, Jr. He graduated from Aurora East High School, Aurora, IL in 1967 and enlisted in the Army on November 29, 1969. He served in Vietnam and was with the 82nd Airborne, 75th Rangers. He was the recipient of a bronze star with valor and three purple hearts. He recently retired from Century Elementary in Aurora Public Schools where he was a family counselor. He was loved by the staff and his students, and will be dearly missed. Loving and devoted husband of Becky Albracht; father of Anthony and Stephen Cowherd; father to Seth and Jordan Venhaus; "Papa" of Rima, Lailani and Kenya Cowherd, Cyris and Gage Venhaus all of Aurora, CO; son of Henry and Carolyn Cowherd, Jr. of Aurora, IL; brother of Brenda (Rufus) Banks of Naperville, IL and James Michael Cowherd (Rick Sanders) of Denver, CO; and uncle of Shelley (Rodney) Johnson of Mason, OH and Scott Banks of Chicago, IL. A memorial service will be held on Monday, November 24, 2014, 9:00 a.m. at Horan & McConaty Family Chapel, 11150 E Dartmouth Ave., Aurora, CO; interment will follow with Army honors 11:15 a.m. at Ft. Logan National Cemetery, Denver, CO. Please share condolences at HoranCares.com .
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Published in Beacon News on Nov. 23, 2014
Dannewitz, Edwin - Elburn  
Dannewitz, Edwin Age 84, of Wasco, passed away at his home, surrounded by the love and prayers of his family, Saturday, November 22, 2014. He now joins his wife, whom he lost a mere eight weeks ago, together again for eternity. He was born June 4th, 1930 in Aurora, the son of Harold Edwin and Althea Amelia (Adams) Dannewitz. He is survived by four children, Edwin A. Dannewitz, Jr., Katherine A. (Larry) Cabai, Joseph E. (Michele) Dannewitz and Mary A. (Dan) Clark; 11 grandchildren and one more on the way in 2015. He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara of 60 years; parents, Harold and Althea Dannewitz; one daughter-in-law, Kimberly Dannewitz; and one sister, Joann Fauth. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at Grace Lutheran Church, 5N600 Hansen Rd. A funeral to celebrate his faith will also be at the church, Wednesday, November 26 at 10:00 a.m. Rev. Ernst Rex, pastor of the church, will officiate. Private family burial will follow cremation at a later date. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Edwin's name. Checks may be made to the "Edwin A. Dannewitz Memorial" and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com .
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Published in Beacon News on Nov. 24, 2014
Dunkerley, Russell - Aurora  
Dunkerley, Russell L. 76, of Aurora, IL, passed away November 23, 2014 at Seasons Hospice in Naperville, IL. He was born November 2, 1938 in Youngstown, Ohio. Russell was retired from the Veterans Administration Office of the Inspector General after 25 years of service as a Healthcare Internal Auditor and prior to that worked as Controller at Goodyear Tire in Ohio. Russell graduated from South High School, Youngstown, and received a Bachelors of Science Degree from Youngstown University in Ohio in 1963. He was a Certified Public Accountant, and earned/received numerous awards, certifications, service/performance accomodations, etc. from the Veterans Administration, as well as various accountant associations for his service over the course of several years up until his retirement at which time he received a 25 year recognition award from the Veterans Administration as the "Duke" (which was their term of endearment for him), in November of 2003. He was also a longtime active member of the Masonic Lodge #862 in Riverside, IL. Russell was a loving husband, brother, and uncle, (in addition to having/showing unconditional love and compassion to Tammy), embraced Sandra's family as his own, and touched many lives with love during his time on earth. He loved having family gatherings, entertaining, and of course he was the BBQ chef extraordinaire when it came to grilling out on the deck. He was an avid Cleveland Browns and Indians fan along with Da Bears (when the Bears were winning, of course), and in his spare time enjoyed going to baseball games in addition to making those times with family special events. Russell's family would also like to express their appreciation to the Seasons Hospice staff who made it possible for Russell to make the trip home to meet our Lord both blessed and peaceful, and Dr. Alice Daniele, and Kari Palishen both of Dreyer Medical, and the VNA of Fox Valley for all of their assistance and support. He is survived by his wife, Sandra and her daughter, Tammy of Aurora; sister, Vera Alice Russell of Ohio; niece, Vera Lynn (Bill) Barnes of Ohio; great-niece, Courtney Russell and her son, Christian of Ohio; and longtime friend, Tyson Kuhrmeier of Wisconsin. He was preceeded in death by his parents, Willis and Vera; brothers, James and Thomas; and former wife, Lucille. The funeral arrangements are being handled by Lane Funeral Homes in Austintown, Ohio where the services will be held on Sunday, November 30, 2014, with visitation from 2:00-4:00 p.m., followed by a funeral service at 4:00 p.m. Interment will be private. Local/Memorial scheduling information will be available at a later date.
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Published in Beacon News on Nov. 26, 2014
Eck, Helen - Aurora  
Eck, Helen G. 92, of Aurora, passed away Monday, November 24, 2014. She was born April 8, 1922 in Aurora. She was a graduate of Nancy L. Hill School, West Aurora High School and Northern Illinois Teachers College which is now Northern Illinois University. Helen worked in the Purchasing Department at All Steel Inc. for almost 30 years and retired in 1987. She was an avid bowler. Helen served as president of Aurora's Women's Bowling Association. She was member of AWBA Hall of Fame and served as a director of Illinois State Bowling Association. Helen is survived by her sister, Marilyn (Howard) Staiger and their daughters, Melinda, Debra, Paula and Lisa; niece, Nancy Nickle and nephew, Robert Tebbit. Visitation will be held on Saturday, November 29, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. until time of service 11:00 a.m. at The Healy Chapel, 332 W. Downer Pl., Aurora, IL 60506, followed by a burial at Riverside Cemetery. For further information please call 630-897-9291 or www.healychapel.com to sign the online guestbook.
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Published in Beacon News on Nov. 26, 2014
Fulfer, Diane - Montgomery  
Fulfer, Diane (nee Embry) 62, of Plano, IL, passed away, Saturday, November 22, 2014 at Seasons Hospice in Naperville, IL. She was born August 4, 1952 in Pekin, Illinois, the daughter of Kenneth and Violet (Goodwin) Embry. She married Loy Fulfer on August 7, 1970 in Peoria, IL. She was employed by East Aurora District as a teacher for 15 years, was then employed by Geneva School District for 15 years. Her passion for teaching touched the lives of many students and teachers throughout the years. Whether as a teacher, mentor or coach, she positively affected all those she worked with. She was an avid quilter and dedicated softball coach. She is survived by her husband, Loy; two daughters, Andrea (Jeremy) Montgomery and Leah (Greg) Benshoof; 5 grandchildren, Alissa, Rylie, Morgan, Zachary and Luke; her mother, Violet Embry; brother, Terry Embry. Diane was preceded in death by her father, Kenneth Embry. Family receiving guests Saturday, November 29, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of her Funeral Service 12:00 p.m. at Dieterle Memorial Home, 1120 S. Broadway, Montgomery, IL. For directions and guest book go to www.dieterlememorialhome.com Dieterle Memorial Home (630) 897-1196.
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Published in Beacon News on Nov. 25, 2014
Hagerman, Beryl B. - Plainfield  
Hagerman, Beryl B. Was born in Aurora, IL and lived her entire life in Plainfield, IL. She passed away Thursday, November 20, 2014 surrounded by her family at Edward Hospital in Naperville, IL. Beryl is survived by her devoted angels, Terri (Brad) Buzenski of Plainfield, IL, April (George) Booras of Yorkville, IL and Wendy (Tom) Landon of Plainfield, IL; her treasured grandchildren, Cathy (Scott) Draeger, Jonathon (Jamey) Dehmel, Carson (Natalie) Booras, Angela (David) Bartholomew, Austin (Melissa) Lea, Alicia (Miles) Conard, Scott (Crystal) Landon and Jamie (Vanessa) Landon; her precious great-grandchildren, Mallory and Morgan Draeger, Kenna Landon, Isabella Bartholomew, Carter Dehmel, Brynn and Camille Booras and Asher Lea; her dear siblings, Ila Mae Dedo, Maxine Moore, Vivien Probps, Kay (Charlie) Peak, Harvey Eichelberger, Elwin (Jean) Eichelberger, Roger (Connie) Eichelberger. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Fritz Hagerman; and her parents, Harvey and Margaret Eichelberger. Beryl was a longtime, active member of the Plainfield United Methodist Church. She was also a lifetime member of the Plainfield Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. She was a devoted mother to her daughters who cherished her and are left with many wonderful memories. She had a pure and true loving spirit that even the most innocent where drawn to her. For those who would like to leave a lasting tribute to Beryl's life, memorials may be sent to Angela Bartholomew Medical Trust Fund, c/o Standard Bank, Minooka, IL or Fight like a girl for Angela Bartholomew on Gofundme.com . Visitation will be Monday, November 24, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. at Overman-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 15219 S. Joliet Road, Plainfield. Funeral Services Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. in the funeral home chapel with the Reverend Sherry Scates officiating. Interment will follow at Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery, Aurora, IL. OVERMAN-JONES FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES 15219 S. Joliet Road (Corner of Rts. 59 & East 30) Plainfield, IL 60544 Info:(815)436-9221 or www.overmanjones.com
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Published in Beacon News on Nov. 23, 2014
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